Sometimes, when I feel like looking at beautiful things but also like being really depressed, I'll search for real estate in New York. New York (especially Manhattan) is a real estate landscape like no other, with apartments that are essentially just tiny rooms regularly selling for half a million dollars or more. But if you look hard enough, you can, occasionally, find places that are quite desirable, and even (somewhat) affordable. Let's take a look at the best listings in New York for less than 500K—and start dreaming about how we'd furnish the places.
The bay window and the high ceilings are hard to beat, and the loft could be a great space-saver for anyone who doesn't mind climbing a bit to get into bed.
The location isn't the best, but this little studio does have great windows (although some of them apparently look out on a wall) and beautiful herringbone floors. And there's three closets, which seems positively luxurious.
Another studio, but with some beautiful detailing, and a nice looking kitchen and bath. It's located right across the street from a subway station, and from Prospect Park.
This sweet little one-bedroom in the East Village is probably a pretty good deal, if you don't mind walking a million miles to get anywhere once the L shuts down.
High ceilings, a spacious living room, a washer/dryer (!!!), and a wood burning fireplace. I kind of can't believe this place is real.
Let's play a little game of "I have 500k to spend on a new apartment." Which would you buy, and how would you furnish it? Sound off in the comments below!